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At a national conference I attended recently as a third-year PhD student in ye olde sciences, I was intrigued by one presentation for two reasons: a) it was very similar to work I’d performed during my MSc and b) I wasn’t entirely convinced of the study’s validity/usefulness.

After the talk, I attempted to ask the presenter a question, but he brushed me off, and then ran off for lunch with a lady colleague.

Later that afternoon, when I again attempted to engage in a discussion re: his research, I was treated to a one-way “conversation” in which he explained to me his experiments with such a quick-fire barrage of words that I was left with nothing substantive to say.

Until he produced this gem: “Pretty much all of the work in this area has been done by WX and YZ.”


"Oh," he said.

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